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2 Sausalito Yacht Theft Suspects Freed, 3rd To Be Charged

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The Coast Guard monitors a sailboat which ran aground in shallow water near Pacifica State Beach, March 4, 2013. (CBS)

The Coast Guard monitors a sailboat which ran aground in shallow water near Pacifica State Beach, March 4, 2013. (CBS)

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PACIFICA (CBS / AP) — Two of three people arrested on suspicion of stealing a yacht from Sausalito were set to be released from jail just days after the vessel ran aground in Pacifica.

Charges were dropped on Wednesday against 54-year-old Dario Mira and 56-year-old Lisa Modawell after prosecutors determined they didn’t know the 82-foot sailboat was stolen.

Prosecutors said charges will still be filed against 63-year-old Leslie Gardner of Gillette, Wyo.

Police say the vessel “Darling” was taken early Monday from Sausalito Yacht Harbor, and ran aground more than 20 miles south at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

The boat’s owner saw reports of the grounded boat on television, and alerted police.

Life guards searching to boat afterward found bottles of beer and a pizza box.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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